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Federal Bar Association honoring three Tulane Law grads

August 24, 2015

The Federal Bar Association’s New Orleans chapter is honoring three Tulane Law School graduates Aug. 27 for their public service contributions and professionalism: Clinical Professor Jane Johnson and attorneys Barry W. Ashe and Patricia Krebs.


Jane Johnson (L ’74)

Jane Johnson (L ’74), Tulane Law’s director of experimental learning, is receiving the Camille Gravel Public Service Award, a testament to her long dedication to helping the less fortunate in the community. The award recognizes an attorney who has done substantial pro bono or public service legal work in keeping with the spirit and values exemplified by the late Camille Gravel, a veteran trial lawyer and advocate for civil rights and equal justice irrespective of financial means.

Johnson has helped greatly expand the experimental learning program and has taken on many roles at Tulane Law, including as director of the domestic violence externship, director of the Civil Litigation Clinic and public interest externship supervisor.

Before joining the Tulane Law faculty, she worked at the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (now Southeast Louisiana Legal Services) and was a VISTA volunteer staff attorney in the Lower 9th Ward office. Her work also has been recognized with the Association of Women Attorneys’ Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award and an Access to Justice Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Patricia Krebs (L ’83)

Patricia A. Krebs (L '83) is receiving the President’s Award for her extensive work with Covenant House New Orleans, where she has volunteered for more than 25 years, including four years as board chair and president. Covenant House New Orleans offers a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth ages 16-21. Krebs has helped increase the success of the annual Sleep Out on the Street event in which New Orleans leaders spend a night on the sidewalk with only a sleeping bag and cardboard box to show support for the youth served by Covenant House. 

The President’s Award was created in 2007 to recognize a lawyer for contributions to community leadership outside the practice of law.

At King, Krebs & Jurgens, the firm she helped found, Krebs focuses on maritime personal injury and casualty defense, cargo claims, toxic torts, commercial litigation, construction and insurance litigation. She is past president of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and the New Orleans Bar Association. In 2009, she was the first female recipient of the New Orleans Bar Association’s Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award.


Barry Ashe (L ’84)

Barry W. Ashe (L '84) is receiving the Jack Martzell Professionalism Award, which recognizes an attorney who best exemplifies outstanding professionalism in the practice of law.

Ashe, who served as president of the Federal Bar Association’s New Orleans chapter in 2010-11, is a member of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, where chairs the management committee and the appellate practice group. A U.S. Navy veteran, Ashe clerked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

He chairs the Education Committee of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and sits on the board of advisory editors of the Tulane Law Review. He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America.

The bar association’s annual meeting and awards luncheon are set to start at 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at The Westin New Orleans Canal Place. More information here.


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